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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Responding to Violence Against Women

Recognizing that historical and cultural myths and biases create unique hurdles to women’s access to justice, we launched the Responding to Violence Against Women Project in 2003 to focus on the unique battles faced by these survivors. The focus of the project is to ensure that victims, whether of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or child abuse, are re-empowered rather than re-victimized when they access justice. 

We do this, in part, by ensuring that service providers responding to those victims have the knowledge and skills necessary to protect a victim’s rights, particularly in the criminal case against an offender. These rights may include the right to privacy, the right to attend proceedings, and the right to be heard at those proceedings, among others. 

Among our newest products is our Rights Enforcement Toolkit. A collection of video tutorials, flowcharts, checklists, and sample pleadings to protect survivors. Click here to access the Toolkit. To access NCVLI publications related to violence against women, visit our Victim Law Library.  To request legal technical assistance, click here.  To request a training, click here.


2013 Mary Byron Foundation Celebration Solutions Award

NCVLI is proud to announce that our Responding to Violence Against Women Project was selected to receive the 2013 Mary Byron Foundation Celebrating Solutions Award.  This important award honors nonprofit and governmental organizations with innovative programs that demonstrate promise in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence. 

Click here to learn more.


OVW Grantees May Attend NCVLI’s 2014 Conference

Office on Violence Against Women Approval Details

OVW Program


  • OVW’s Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services;
  • Legal Assistance for Victims;
  • Transitional Housing;
  • Sexual Assault Service Program-Cultural;
  • Tribal SASP;
  • Rural;  and
  • Courts Program.
Grantees from these programs have been
conditionally approved to attend this conference.
Grantees are required to contact their OVW program
specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is
issued. A GAN must be completed before
expending any funds related to attending.
  • Rural Grant Program

Grantees cannot send more than 2 participants.

  • Courts Program

Grantees must attach a Court TA training form to their GAN.

  • Children and Youth Exposed to Violence Grant Program;
  • State Coalition; and
  • STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants to States

Grantees do not have to contact their program
manager for prior approval.

Grantees who do not require prior approval should still place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval code and their adherence to the criteria outlined above.

The conference code for this conference to include on all GANs and memos is OVW-2014-MU-004.